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Author Biography: David Pellow is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective at University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Garbage Wars: Environmental Justice Struggles in Chicago, 1880-2000 and Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community. Lisa Sun-Hee Park is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, San Diego.
"Provides a timely and necessary counter-balance to the incessant 'new economy' hype that touts Silicon Valley as the answer to the myriad economic and environmental challenges around the world. This comprehensive overview helps to peel away the veneer by using an innovative combination of research methods, including direct participatory research. It raises disturbing and compelling concerns by examining the many environmental and gender injustices that have been at the center of the 'Silicon Valley miracle.' An important contribution to the key debates of the twenty-first century about sustainable development."
-Ted Smith,Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
"This landmark study adds significantly to our understanding of both the underside of Silicon Valley and the high-tech industry in specific, and the historic links between social inequality and environmental inequality in general. The authors also leave us with a sense of hope by offering examples of effective movements for justice."
-Karen Hossfeld,San Francisco State University
"An important contribution to the contemporary critique of high tech industry."
"Offers a lot for the general reader. The authors must be congratulated."
-International Migration Review,
"Powerful and passionate exposé"
-Journal of American Ethnic History,
|2||Early History and the Struggle for Resources: Native Nations, Spain, Mexico, and the United States||23|
|3||The Valley of the Heart's Delight: Santa Clara County's Agricultural Period, 1870-1970||46|
|4||The Emergence of Silicon Valley: High-Tech Development and Ecocide, 1950-2001||59|
|5||The Political Economy of Work and Health in Silicon Valley||85|
|6||The Core: Work and the Struggle to Make a Living without Dying||112|
|7||The Periphery: Expendable People, Dangerous Work||137|
|8||Beyond Silicon Valley: The Social and Environmental Costs of the Global Microelectronics Industry||169|
|9||Toward Environmental and Social Justice in Silicon Valley, USA, and Beyond||193|
|10||The Broader Picture: Natural Resources, Globalization, and Increasing Inequality||215|
|About the Authors||303|